A day out at Knightshayes

Class 1 and Pre-school had a lovely day out at Knightshayes today.  In the morning we all set off for an adventure in the woods together.  The children loved hunting for bugs and plants and trying to name them.  We found some dens that we enjoyed playing in, we said hello to the sheep and finally got back to the house to find some shade and eat our lunch!  I think we were all glad of a rest!

In the afternoon Reception and Year 1 went off to do a ‘Growing Plants’ workshop led by the National Trust; we got to taste some different vegetables grown in the kitchen gardens, we learnt about the parts of a plant and what they need to grow, we even made our own seed heads that each child was able to take home with them to grow.

The Pre-school children, together with their parents, Kath and Cassie then went off to explore the gardens and also the house to escape the sudden downpour!  It was really lovely to have so many parents and children come along with us and we really hope you enjoyed the day every bit as much as we did, thank you for coming.

We had lots and lots of comments from  members of the public and from National Trust staff about how well behaved the children were, they made us all very proud, well done everyone!  I must also say a massive, massive thank you to the National Trust staff who went above and beyond what was expected of them to help us out today, many, many thanks to you from all of us.

I also must take this opportunity to say a very heartfelt thank you to my team, Miss Alderman, Mrs Howes, Kath, Cassie and of course the wonderful Mrs Honey.  Today proved what an excellent team we are and how well we work together, you are all amazing and it is a privilege to work with you, thank you.  A proud day for Early Years at Bishops Nympton  Primary School.

Alison Hancock

Class 1 go to Africa!

OK, well maybe not exactly, but we had an amazing visit from Rosie’s mum who showed us lots and lots of amazing photos of animals and life in Africa.   We saw that some of the moths are as big as Rosie’s hand:

They once had a scorpion sneak under the door of their house!

The ground is very rich in minerals which means the fruit and vegetables grow really big!


This is fruit and vegetables from Rosie’s own garden:

This bug was as big as Rosie’s mum’s hand!

These are both avocados, the smaller one is from the UK and classed as large, the big one is the one grown in Africa and is classed as small!

A huge thank you to Rosie and her mum as this is such a great way to learn about Geography, where we are learning about geographical similarities and differences through studying the geography of a small area in the UK and a small area in a contrasting non-European country.

Enthusiastic Scientists!

Class 1:  In our science lesson this afternoon we learnt about Spring.  As part of the year one science curriculum we need to learn about the changes in the seasons and what happens in each one.  We also need to learn the names of local plants, trees, flowers and animals.

With that in mind, we spent the afternoon exploring our wonderful grounds hunting for signs of spring.  The children were very enthusiastic.  We were excited and enthralled by the wonderful world we live in.  We found bluebells, apple blossom, fresh, bright green leaves that we discovered were incredibly soft and were even lucky enough to discover a little green minibeast on one of the plants we brought inside to look at!

First visit to school!

Class 1 had a very exciting afternoon today, when we welcomed our pre-school children in to class as part of their transition into Reception in September.  We are very lucky at Bishops Nympton to have our own pre-school on site.  The pre-school and infant class meet up once a week to do Leap into Life or Yoga, and at other times to do activities related to our topics.   This ensures a smooth transition into Reception.  

Class 1: An afternoon of science!

Class 1 had a lovely afternoon learning all about sources of light.  We learnt that some things make light, like the sun and torches, and other things reflect light, like the moon and shiny paper.  The children spent a fun afternoon investigating sources of light and reflective materials in and around the classroom!

RNLI Visit!

We had an exciting visit from the RNLI today to talk to the children about beach safety.  The children loved joining in and it was very informative about how we should stay safe on the beach!  Poor Mrs Hancock got swept away in a a rip tide, but thankfully lifeguards Aurelia and Eve were there to save the day – phew!

Class 1 – A Class of Scientists!

Class 1:  In Science this afternoon Reception were experimenting with building bridges and finding out what the best material for a bridge might be to make it strong.  The Year Ones designed an experiment to test which type of material would make the best parachute; next week we will be making the parachutes and carrying out our experiments.  Once they had finished designing, the Year Ones decided that they wanted to have a go a making bridges too.  They really thought about making their structures strong and how to make them stronger, with some designs being modified and improved throughout the afternoon!


Class 1: Busy with Maths!

Class 1:  After the fun of the snow day on Monday, everyone is back safely and excited about their learning in class one.  In our Maths this week we have been learning about shapes in Reception and recapping shapes and then learning about halves in Year 1.  The children have all worked really well, working together, helping each other and reinforcing their learning during their Independent Learning time.